The Montreal Alouettes have their first winning streak of the season, and now are looking for their first road win of the year in Edmonton tonight when they face off against the Edmonton Eskimos.
Edmonton is coming off of back-to-back losses to the Calgary Stampeders which isn’t necessarily a sign of things to come much like the Alouettes beating the Ottawa RedBlacks and Hamilton Tiger Cats.
MONTREAL ALOUETTES @ EDMONTON ESKIMOS
TV Info: TSN 1,3,4,5 ; 9:00 p.m. Eastern
Live Stream: TSN Go (Canada), ESPN3 (US)
The storyline in this one is Jonathan Crompton coming back to Edmonton where he played last year and was released after training camp. The Alouettes offence, led by Crompton, came on very strong in the second half moving the ball effectively. If they can carry that momentum into Edmonton, that would be a big positive.
Edmonton will get quarterback Mike Reilly back after he missed two games. Edmonton, 7-3 this season, will be looking to put their back-to-back losses to Calgary behind them and get back to winning in the Wild West which is essentially the opposite of the CFL East where Montreal is tied for first at 3-7.
The Eskimos also have an opportunity here. With Saskatchewan and BC missing their quarterbacks likely for the rest of the season, they have a chance to solidify a playoff spot.
One thing to look for is if the Alouettes can get their defence to make big plays again. Noel Thorpe’s unit has been pretty good this year but finally started getting takeaways and creating turnovers against Hamilton. If that continues, this team will be the class of the East, especially if the offence can continue to improve.
They had a fumble recovery for a touchdown and brought an interception back inside the five yard line leading to 14 easy points. They also got a field goal after a special teams turnover was created and a touchdown on a punt return.
The Alouettes face a tough couple of games having to come back home to face the Calgary Stampeders next week. This game is important for the Alouettes to establish themselves as an improved team from the early part of the season.